The lovely, talented and business savy Diana Evans is the October Artist Highlight. She graciously took time from her busy studio schedule to answer a few questions about her career and views as an artist. Grab a chair, sit back and relax while you read her wonderful interview below.
"You will be successful if you stay true to your own style and your work." - diana evans
What is your favorite medium to work in and how would you describe your
I love working with various mediums. I love ink and paper, watercolor, acrylics on canvas, wood and Pyrography and also digital work.
When I work on my picture books I always work with my large trusty sketchbook and work on the drafts in pencil. I usually then send the pencil sketches to the client for approval. Once the pencil sketches are approved, I move to the ink part of the process. Still using my sketchbook I create the ink outlined work. Once I finish up the ink piece, I remove all of the pencil marks and scan the piece into my computer. Once scanned, I open the piece up in Photoshop and lose myself in adding color to the piece. It is amazing what you can do with digital color and texture. Then the illustration is complete and I move to the next piece. Depending on the client, I either work on one and finish one completely or work on several pencil pieces for approval and several ink and color pieces all at once.
Is there a medium that you haven't tried yet, but would like to?
I keep purchasing this stuff called Paperclay and I plan on creating art dolls with it, but sadly I haven’t had a chance to try it out. So I would have to say Paperclay is a medium I have heard a lot about and would love to try.
What part of creating an illustration is the most fun?
I feel so blessed to be able to wake up and head to my Studio each and every day. I wake up to create and I have to pinch myself every once and a while to make sure I am not dreaming all this stuff up. The best part of illustration for me is sitting and working in my sketchbook. There is a freedom about it and you can bring your sketchbooks with you where ever you go.
While using my sketchbook I never run the battery low or delete something by accident. I also love seeing our son’s reactions to my work. At the end of each day I show him my work and he always says the sweetest things to me as he reviews it. It really fills the heart and soul and that is why I love my work.
I love knowing that even when I am gone from this World, a little part of me will be left behind in a picture book, a painting or a sculpture. I feel that leaving a footprint in the World is important and this is another reason I feel blessed to be doing what I do.
Describe what your dream project would be.
My dream project would be to work on a picture book with Gene Simmons. I think it would be hilarious.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring artists?
This question is very easy for me right now. Whatever you do, never try to be someone else. Always stay true to you and your craft. We all have our favorite Illustrators and Artists out there, never try to mimic them. Use them for inspiration. You will be successful if you stay true to your own style and your work. My style is very different and you either love it or hate it. The hardest thing for me was hearing from the people that didn’t like my style. One day I was so stressed out about what an Agent’s opinion of my style, that I finally decided my work was about me and it had to make me happy too. This new thinking changed my journey for the better.
The other piece of advice I can offer aspiring artists and illustrators would be not to take on projects that you’re not passionate about. At the end of the day we are all doing something to make money and earn a living, but you don’t have to work on something you don’t like or feel comfortable with just because you need the money. Work and have passion for your art and the jobs will come. In the mean time live within your means and always believe in your dreams.
Ok…I may have some more….
Work, work, work… get a website, share your work, hone your craft, your style and market your work. Participate in weekly fun challenges and just create once and a while for the fun of it. You never want to lose your love for what you do. Passion about what you do can make a huge difference in your overall success. Avoid Spec work. Clients should never ask you to create something and then say they may use it or may pay you. Also, avoid a lot of illustration contests. This is really spec work wearing a costume. Your time is valuable so use it the way you want to use it. Run your Illustration work like a Business. If you want to chat more or have any illustration questions, you and your readers can e-mail me anytime. firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to donate one piece of your artwork to ANY museum
worldwide. What piece of art would you choose and which museum would you donate it to?
This is a super funny question…but I would have to say I would love to donate a self portrait of me and have it hanging in the Louvre right beside the Mona Lisa. My portrait would be of me with a cupcake…and Mona would want one too….
Thank you Diana!
For more information on Diana visit her website at www.dianaevans.ca or her blog at dianaevans.blogspot.com
She also has a few online stores to visit as well.
Art Stamps at www.stamped.etsy.com
Custom Shop at www.customstuff.etsy.com